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When I Die I'm Going to Heaven 'Cause I've Spent My Time in Hell:...
by Barbara Kautz

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

May 17, 2018

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When she was 18, she joined the Army to finance her nursing education. <br /><br />With less than six months of nursing experience, she was assigned to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in South Vietnam. <br /><br />True tales of the war that are by turns horrifying and humorous, told with an eye for detail, by a woman who was in the thick of it.<br /><br />
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months Tha...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

461

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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“[A] well-judged and hugely readable book . . . few are as entertaining.”—Dominic Sandbrook, <i>Sunday Times</i><br /><br /> “A. J. Baime is a master. His reporting and storytelling are woven to hypnotic effect. This is history and humanity in lush, vivid color.”—Doug Stanton, author of <i>The Odyssey of Echo Company</i><br />  <br /> Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get pushed into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s sudden death. The first four months of Truman’s administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation in Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time. <i>The Accidental President</i> escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during a tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher.
Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the S...
by Jack Cheevers

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English

Pages

449

Publication Date

December 03, 2013

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<b><b>WINNER OF THE SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD FOR NAVAL LITERATURE</b><br /><br />“I devoured <i>Act of War </i>the way I did <i>Flyboys</i>,<i> Flags of Our Fathers</i> and<i> Lost in Shangri-la</i>.”—Michael Connelly, #1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestselling Author</b><br /><br /> In 1968, the small, dilapidated American spy ship USS <i>Pueblo</i> set out to pinpoint military radar stations along the coast of North Korea. Though packed with advanced electronic-surveillance equipment and classified intelligence documents, its crew, led by ex–submarine officer Pete Bucher, was made up mostly of untested young sailors.<br /><br /> On a frigid January morning, the <i>Pueblo</i> was challenged by a North Korean gunboat. When Bucher tried to escape, his ship was quickly surrounded by more boats, shelled and machine-gunned, forced to surrender, and taken prisoner. Less than forty-eight hours before the <i>Pueblo</i>’s capture, North Korean commandos had nearly succeeded in assassinating South Korea’s president. The two explosive incidents pushed Cold War tensions toward a flashpoint.<br /><br /> Based on extensive interviews and numerous government documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, <i>Act of War </i>tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his men as they struggled to survive merciless torture and horrendous living conditions set against the backdrop of an international powder keg.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>and NPR</b><br /> <br /><b>“Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone.” </b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
This is Minuteman: Two-Three... Go!: Memoirs of a Helicopter Pilo...
by Wayne Chasson

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English

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Publication Date

December 17, 2019

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<p><strong>“This book is OUTSTANDING! The Author has seen some really exciting times in his life, in addition to some WOW flight hours. I read this in two days, and didn't want it to end. A VERY GREAT READ!” —Mike</strong></p><p>Relive six decades of flying helicopters including an extended tour in Vietnam and the mountains of Afghanistan, with a little Iraq, Kuwait, and National Guard thrown in. <em>This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go!</em> recounts Wayne Chasson’s times, from the early, young, and dumb days to a more seasoned pilot of Huey and other helicopters in three American wars and the National Guard here at home. From the tragic to the ridiculous, it’s all here in refreshing candor and lifelike detail, and told in the voice of the author. Chasson relives it all for us in this gritty and honest memoir—with humility, humor, and gratitude—as he himself is still trying to figure out how he made it through alive.</p><p>Buy, read, and share <em>This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go!</em></p>
Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scound...
by , Isabel Sun Chao

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<b> WINNER - 2019 Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR & 16 other literary awards</b><br /><br /><b>An Engaging and Extraordinary Multigenerational Saga </b><br />A high position bestowed by China's empress dowager grants power and wealth to the Sun family. For Isabel, growing up in glamorous 1930s and '40s Shanghai, it is a life of utmost privilege. But while her scholar father and fashionable mother shelter her from civil war and Japanese occupation, they cannot shield the family forever.<br /><br />When Mao comes to power, eighteen-year-old Isabel journeys to Hong Kong, not realizing that she will make it her home--and that she will never see her father again. Meanwhile, the family she has left behind struggles to survive, only to have their world shattered by the Cultural Revolution. Isabel returns to Shanghai fifty years later with her daughter, Claire, to confront their family's past--one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering pleasure palaces and underworld crime bosses.<br /><br />Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, <i>Remembering Shanghai</i> follows five generations from a hardscrabble village to vibrant Shanghai to the bright lights of Hong Kong. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this vivid memoir explores identity, loss and the unpredictable nature of life against the epic backdrop of a nation and a people in turmoil.<br /><br /><b>Winner of 17 book awards including:</b><br /><ul><li>Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR, NON-FICTION</li><li>Independent Author Network OUTSTANDING MEMOIR, BOOK OF THE YEAR 2nd place</li><li>Reader Views Literary Awards MEMOIR, GLOBAL AWARD</li><li>IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards BEST FIRST BOOK, BEST E-BOOK DESIGN, COVER DESIGN 2nd place</li><li>Readers' Favorite Award Contest NON-FICTION HISTORICAL 2nd place</li><li>Eric Hoffer GRAND PRIZE Finalist, FIRST HORIZON AWARD Finalist, CULTURE 2nd place</li><li>Next Generation Indie Awards HISTORICAL NON-FICTION Finalist, MEMOIRS Finalist, BEST COVER DESIGN NON-FICTION Finalist</li><li>National Indie Excellence Awards BOOK COVER DESIGN NON-FICTION Finalist</li></ul><b>Praise for Remembering Shanghai</b><br /><br />"An engaging and entertaining saga." <b>South China Morning Post</b><br /><br />"A volume that demands to be held." <b>Los Angeles Review of Books</b><br /><br />"A feast of winning elements ... absolutely fascinating." <b>Bookish Asia</b><br /><br />"The perfect combination of historical fiction, memoir and novel." <b>Reader Views</b><br /><br />"Jaw-dropping, exciting, touching, tragic and insightful." <b>Historic Shanghai</b><br /><br />"A book I truly could not put down." <b>Fête Chinoise</b><br /><br />"Absolutely gorgeous--a visual delight." <b>Asia Literary Review</b><br /><br />"A beguiling memoir of Shanghai." <b>Hong Kong Review of Books</b><br /><br />"Unique ... vivid descriptions transport readers." <b>China Press</b><br /><br />"Pulls back the curtain on how people lived." <b>Shanghai Daily</b><br /><br />"Makes Chinese traditions easily accessible." <b>Honolulu Star-Advertiser</b><br /><br />"Sparkling prose and enthralling stories catapult you into the inner life and doings of Shanghai's cultured classes." <b>Helen Zia, <i>Last Boat Out of Shanghai</i></b><br /><br />"This elegant family memoir transforms, transfixes, and educates." <b>Pamela Sakamoto, <i>Midnight in Broad Daylight</i></b><br /><br />"Mesmerizing stories; magnificent language." <b>Betty Peh-T'i Wei, PhD, <i>Old Shanghai</i></b><i></i><br />Order your copy of <i>Remembering Shanghai</i> today in hardcover, paperback or Kindle. At over 300 pages with dozens of photographs and illustrations, this beautiful memoir is a joy to hold and read.
Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Unto...
by , Lori Longfritz

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.</b><br />In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. <br />Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides.<br /><br />John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.<br /><br /><i>Alone at Dawn</i> is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger.<br /><br />Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, <i>Alone at Dawn</i> is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.<br /><br />
LZ Bingo
by Reid F. Tillery

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English

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Publication Date

October 10, 2019

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In the summer of 1967 20-year-old William K. Boe entered the Vietnam war. Twice wounded during his one-year tour of duty, he endured some of the war's hottest moments, including the Tet offensive. He served honorably, facing an onslaught of bullets, mortars, rockets, hand grenades, and land mines. Through Bill's account, the reader gains a vicarious understanding of the day-to-day life and challenges of an American infantryman in Vietnam. <br /><br />This book's primary purpose is to honor those who made it home and those who did not by telling their story through Bill's eyes and ears. Written in the form of a novel, what makes Bill's true story so compelling is that his experiences likely are similar to those of many other men who served in the infantry in Vietnam. If you served in Vietnam in the infantry, Bill's story will likely bring back vivid memories. If you didn't serve, and if you have a friend who's a Vietnam infantry vet, you'll look at him differently after reading Bill's story. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the challenges and hardships he faced.
Mission Beyond Darkness
by J Bryan

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English

Pages

136

Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<b>When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships.<br /><br />Given that there was only seventy-five minutes of daylight left, they had little fuel, and they were flying into the middle of the world’s biggest ocean to attack the damaged but still dangerous Japanese fleet, it is little wonder that many of them were pessimistic about their chances.</b><br /><br />Yet this is exactly what sixty-four men did in the twilight hours of June 19th, 1944.<br /><br />Not one of the pilots or their crew hesitated as they got into their planes. <br /><br />“They did what their commanders and their country told them to do. They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness.’” Robert M. Citino, <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br /><em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> by Lt. Commander J. Bryan III records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific.<br /><br />Rather relying on second-hand accounts Byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it “is derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the <em>Lexington</em>’s company”.<br /><br />“A story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals … Top among aviation books.” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />“The thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the <em>Lexington</em> successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers.” <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />Lieutenant Commander J. Bryan III, USNR, served as a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific during World War Two. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993. <em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> was first published in 1945.<br />
Whispers in the Tall Grass
by Nick Brokhausen

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

October 19, 2019

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Whispers in the Tall Grass is the second volume of Nick Brokhausen’s riveting memoir of his time serving in Recon Teams Habu and Crusader, CNN, part of MACV-SOG. These small recon teams, comprising Americans and indigenous Montagnards, conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. <br /><br />Picking up where We Few left off, Whispers in the Tall Grass opens as the war moves into a new phase. The enemy are using special formations to hunt recon teams and missions are now rarely accomplished without heavy contact. Despite the teams’ careful prep, losses are mounting. More and more missions are extracted by Bright Lights until eventually classic recon missions are almost impossible, and the teams briefly trial HALO insertion. Finally, as the US prepares to withdraw, the teams undertake back-to-back missions directing air strikes and disrupting supply lines to ease the pressure on the ARVN. Broken by the pace, but desperate not to leave the Yards, Brokhausen is ordered to out-process, his request for extension denied, and is forced to leave his friends—his brothers—behind.<br /><br />Written in the same vivid, immediate style that made We Few a cult classic, Whispers in the Tall Grass follows Habu, Crusader and other teams as they undertake missions in this new, deadlier phase of the war. The narrative veers from hair-raising to tragic and back as the teams insert into hot targets, act as Bright Light for stricken teams, and play hard in between missions to diffuse the ever-rising tension.<br /><br />Brokhausen’s account brings home the reality and the detail of operating for days within mere meters of the enemy, and movingly convey the bonds that war creates between soldiers.

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